2 years ago we rented a beach house in Cayucos. It was on Morro Strand State Beach. As soon as we got to the house and saw the view, we walked right out the back door, down the steps and onto the sand. It was amazing.
As we walked along the water, I saw a sand dollar. A perfectly whole sand dollar. I was very excited. You just don't find sand dollars on the beach very often. Or ever. It was a gift from the sea on my first day.
I carefully placed it in our shell collecting bucket where it was promptly broken by James throwing a large rock on top of it.
I was terribly disappointed. But I stayed positive. "Oh well, I have a whole week to find another one. It will be my mission."
The next morning we went for an early morning walk on the beach. Guess what I found? And then guess what I found? And then, and then, and then.
The beach was covered with them.
I love this beach.
It is absolutely beautiful.
So is he.
The kids found this sand castle and set to work leaving their mark on it.
That means Lilly and William did everything in their power to destroy it and James did everything he could to save it. I see a long, hard road ahead for those 3.
Aside from the sand dollars, the real purpose of our visit to this beach was Little Skull Rock. To see the origin of that name, go here) James has been waiting 2 years to climb this rock again. After he tired of trying to save the castle from invaders, he headed towards his rock. (A hang glider was coming in for a landing as we walked the beach. We saw him take off from the hill above the beach. How cool is that?)
The boys put on their climbing shoes, bought just for this trip and this rock, and up they all went.
James climbed the whole thing himself. He just scampered right up like a mountain goat.
William also did the whole thing by himself. He just wanted Daddy to be near as a precaution.
A father and his sons.
But don't think for one second that you can leave the daughter out of this adventure. She was furious the moment they started climbing this rock without her. She tried to go after them, and finally Aaron took her part way up. Oh that girl.
The walk back to the car was long. Aaron carried Lilly on his back and William on his front. We had to sing songs the whole way too keep Lilly from screaming and causing hearing loss to Aaron. She was done with the beach, the backpack and life in general.
So the five of us walked along the beach singing Baa Baa Black Sheep, The Itsy Bitsy Spider and every other song we knew. It is one of my favorite memories of the trip.
We also saw this house for sale.